Kingston upon Thames

The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames is a London borough in south-west London. The main town in the borough is Kingston upon Thames, but it coveres a wider area also including places such as Surbiton, Chessington, New Malden and Tolworth.

The main town in the borough, Kingston upon Thames, has existed on the banks of the River Thames in south-west London for many hundreds, if not thousands of years. Many Roman relics have also been found in the surrounding areas.

Kingston still has a monument, the Coronation Stone, on which the monarchs were said to have actually been crowned. A coin from the reign of each of the monarchs listed is set into the base of the stone, which now stands outside the local council offices, the Guildhall.

Sopwith Aviation Company had a factory in the Canbury Park area of Kingston, where the famous Sopwith Camel was produced during World War I.

N.B the hawker hurricane was designed upon a site in kingston town centre and built in the aviation factory in Ham now known as the Hawker Centre.

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